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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), a storyteller, made a deal with the Devil (Tom Waits). However, his debt needs to be paid by his daughter (Lily Cole) when she turns sixteen. On the eve of that fateful day, the fretting father searches for a way to break the ill-begotten bargain. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 25 Dec 2009
Video Release: 27 Apr 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Rated PG-13?

Characters, including a teen, repeatedly smoke. Others drink on numerous occasions, often to the point of drunkenness. A girl is shown in low cut dresses and her bra. She is also seen with only her long hair as a covering (brief depiction of frontal nudity). A character hits the inflated "breasts" of a man dressed in drag. Policemen, wearing skirts and heels, expose their pantyhose-covered buttocks. Characters engage in fistfights, slapping, biting and hitting. Moments of peril occur often. Explosions imply the death of characters. A man is hit with a horsewhip. A woman kills a chicken by breaking its neck. Dead cattle are shown floating in a river. A man attempts suicide. Several characters are hung by the neck. A man has satanic marks drawn on his forehead. Individuals engage in scams and con artist activities. A man’s blood-covered apron is seen, along with the depiction of a bloody nose. Characters briefly discuss a woman’s death during childbirth. A teenaged girl engages in sexual activity with an adult male (on screen action is not seen). The script contains profanities, scatological slang, slurs and terms of Deity.

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